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Jonathan Edwards. The Great Awakening Puritan church was losing membership and power. Ministers were sent to “revive” belief and attendance Edwards preached “Sinners” to great effect, but was controversial Membership temporarily rose, but soon fell again

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Jonathan edwards
Jonathan Edwards

  • The Great Awakening

  • Puritan church was losing membership and power.

  • Ministers were sent to “revive” belief and attendance

  • Edwards preached “Sinners” to great effect, but was controversial

  • Membership temporarily rose, but soon fell again

  • Edwards died after volunteering to be a subject in the first smallpox vaccination attempt


Sinners in the hands
“Sinners in the Hands”

  • Very different from what Edwards usually preached

  • Audience was highly responsive—swooning and fainting

  • Example of “fire and brimstone” in preaching


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